As summer quickly faded to fall, it felt like it was time for another weekend road trip to Olympia. You might recall last October when we drove the Thurston Bountiful Byway. This year, we spent more time in Olympia proper and even got to tour what the city is most well-known for: the Washington State Capitol buildings. Scroll down for our itinerary, along with photos and videos of our weekend trip!
When Martin and I first met, we had an idea for a travel-themed restaurant. In our minds, it would be a place that both inspired and satisfied wanderlust through decor, atmosphere, and good food and drink. It turns out that such a place already exists at Bar Vacilando.
When it comes to weekend escapes from Seattle, the Hood Canal is one of the best destinations. Just a couple hours west of Seattle, this is where many of the region’s shellfish come from. It’s also where the Olympic National Forest begins. Thus, it’s the perfect place for both the mountain and ocean dweller as you can get the best of both worlds. Tucked away in the Hood Canal is Alderbrook Resort, which offers all of the elements of the complete Northwest experience.
Looking for food and drink options outside of downtown Seattle? Head 19 miles south to Kent, where you'll find a diverse selection of eateries and beverage producers. From craft beer and liqueurs, to a Mexican steakhouse and Asian and Eastern European snacks, here are several places to eat and drink in Kent, Washington.
Located in the heart of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, the city of Kent is often overshadowed by its two larger sibling towns. Indeed, it is smack-dab in the middle of Tacoma and Seattle, which are 19 miles south and north, respectively. However, Kent is the sixth largest city in the entire state of Washington and is growing fast.
If you've lived in Seattle long enough, odds are you've at least heard of Tulalip Resort Casino. For us, it's been the radio ads publicizing Tulalip's summer concert series that gave us awareness of the resort. We've even driven by many times during our semi-annual trips to Seattle Premium Outlets and Skagit Valley. But it wasn't until a weekend in July that we actually set foot inside of Tulalip Resort Casino.
While in Southern California this July, we decided to embark on a long weekend road trip from San Diego to Palm Springs. Our dream route had all the makings of an epic, incredibly diverse road trip, with stops at the beach, mountains, and desert. In reality, our limited time and the 100+ degree heat cut our grand plans in half. But we still managed to do and see quite a bit. In this blog post, we'll share our SoCal Road Trip highlights, along with the stops we missed and will have to revisit another time.
In an age where meal kits and subscription meal delivery services are the norm, it seems only natural that one of the oldest public farmers markets in the United States jumps on board. Dubbed the Pike Box CSA (short for "community-supported agriculture), the program is put on by Pike Place Market to offer fresh, Washington-grown produce to subscribers.
One of the best parts of road trips is driving on the open road. As longtime Seattle residents, we did the most Pacific Northwest thing possible by purchasing a Subaru Impreza as our sole household vehicle. It's fantastic for running errands around the city and spending the weekend in the great outdoors. But every once and awhile, it's a welcome excuse to trade in our loyal Subaru for a more comfortable ride. Enter Silvercar!
Seeking a new experience, we decided to spend a weekend exploring the Olympic Peninsula instead. Although the Olympics are also relatively close to Seattle, accessing them takes long enough that most won't visit the area on a quick day trip. Instead, it's best to spend at least a long weekend here to make the most of your time. Enter, Peace Vans!
This year, I had the opportunity to attend the Sundance Film Festival and it was easily one of the most fun trips I've had. If you're planning to attend Sundance, here are some tips on how to have the best experience possible.
What makes an easy meal? It's not only a simple recipe, but quality ingredients. These three meals check both of the boxes because they are not only easy recipes, but they all make use of delicious, locally sourced beef from Crowd Cow. Read on to learn more about Crowd Cow and get step-by-step recipes. Or simply watch the video below!
Hawaii is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. As such, some travelers think Hawaii is too touristy and over-crowded. While both of these observations are in many ways true, there are less touristy things to do in Hawaii. I grew up on Oahu and have experienced this island as both a child growing up and an adult returning home as a tourist. In truth, Oahu has changed and developed so much over the past several years that I barely know where to visit anymore.
Are you a photographer on the fence about switching to Fujifilm? If so, this video is for you! Martin has been a photographer for the past 10 years beginning with a trusty Nikon DSLR. Today, he's fully invested into Fujifilm's mirrorless camera system. Here's what made him switch.
Traveling solo is one of those things that every young person should experience as a right of passage. There's nothing quite like learning to plan and navigate your own trip. You learn a lot not only about travel but also about yourself. If you're contemplating solo travel for the first time, keep these travel tips in mind.